Batman: Bad Blood is a continuation of the Batman story that shows the ‘bat family’ as more of a cohesive group as the movie goes along. Granted they all have very different attitudes and egos big enough to collide when brought together, but the general idea is that they have to work together in order to find out just what happened to Bruce Wayne, the original Batman and the patriarch of their little group. When it’s discovered that Talia al Ghul has him as her captive and has been brainwashing him the group has to make their way to rescue him and then attempt to undo the brainwashing. It’s kind of a rocky road to get to where they need to be but they do eventually manage to defeat the bad guys and go back to doing what heroes in Gotham do best, which is work together in order to fight crime. But when you’ve got this many different people all looking to accomplish the same goal and be the top dog in the group there’s bound to be some friction. After all Dick Grayson was the original Robin, and Batwoman seems to harbor no real desire to join the group. There’s plenty of issues to go around.
Here are a few things you might not have caught in the film, if you’ve watched it.
10. This is the first time that Batwing has stepped outside the comics.
Luke Fox, the son of Lucius Fox, the guy that’s in charge of developing a lot of Batman’s tech, has been seen in the comics as Batwing before. You can almost believe that they should have given him a different name just to make him into a different hero, but Batwing stuck it seems. In any case, this is the first time he gets to make his way off the page and into a motion picture.
9. There’s a reference to the introduction of Martian Manhunter.
At one point in the film there is mention of strange happenings being discovered on Mars. This is a quick “there and gone” allusion to the famed, green-skinned hero known as Martian Manhunter, who might show up occasionally when the writers and producers decide that it’s feasible for him to do so.
8. Batgirl appears in the last shot of the movie.
It seems a little strange that Barbara Gordon wouldn’t have been brought out already, but being as the bat family is growing it might have been a wise idea to keep her out of it thus far. Once she does join it’s just going to complicate things a little more, if the comics are any indication.
7. This is considered a sequel to the animated film Batman vs. Robin.
Batman and Robin have been having their issues as of late it seems. But given that Robin, Damian Wayne, is Bruce’s son, that’s only to be expected. It’s one thing to have issues with your son when you’re not a superhero. But when you’ve been trained by your superhero father you might start feeling that being kept away from missions is kind of a slap in the face after a while.
6. The film earned over $4.4 million in domestic video sales.
That doesn’t sound too bad for an animated film really. But to be honest this film has been considered by fans and critics to be just too much to handle all at once. Compared to the other Batman animated films it doesn’t measure up quite as well, even if there is a lot to be discovered.
5. It hasn’t managed to get a rating on Rotten Tomatoes yet.
That can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it. Or it could be a breakdown in the service since Rotten Tomatoes is usually right on top of anything and everything they can get their critical hands on.
4. There is some material that could be considered less than ideal for children.
There’s a bit of language and enough violence that could be bothersome and even confusing or frightening to younger kids. That’s debatable however since if you’ve watched kids’ cartoons lately you’ve probably seen that they’re not as innocent as we’d like to think.
3. It has a very strong family vibe to it.
Well of course, it’s the bat family. This movie is all about standing by those that are of like mind and are considered to be part of one’s inner circle, a family so to speak.
2. Parents have tended to think it’s more for adults, adolescents perhaps.
This is from a smattering of reviews by parents that have seen the movie keep in mind, so it could be that some people are unnerved by violence in animation, while others just think that younger kids wouldn’t need to see it as much, if at all.
1. Jason O’Mara has now voiced Batman/Bruce Wayne in nine different animated films.
Do you get the feeling that he’s become used to the character? It does happen once a person takes on a role more than a couple of times. Give him props though, he’s good at it.
Even if it’s not highly recommended this film does look kind of interesting.
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